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Silver Buffalo Coin

Whats the difference between coins, bars and rounds?

If you buy Silver or have been looking at investing in the popular precious metal, you have probably realized that Silver bullion comes in a plethora of shapes and sizes, minted and manufactured by a huge variety of companies and governments.

The three main forms of Silver bullion are coins, rounds and bars. The term coin annotates one of the various world Governments either directly produced or contracted a mint to produce bullion backed by their countries sovereign form of money. Coins generally have a higher premium (industry jargon for ‘markup’) than rounds and bars. They also have a numismatic variable that gives them value through the coin’s collectability. Collectability can be mild to wild for Government backed bullion coins depending on the grade, age and number of coins minted.

The term bar annotates Silver that is either poured, casted or minted into a rectangle shape and vary in weight. The most common weights are 1 oz, 5 oz, 10 oz, kilogram, and 100 troy ounces. Generally speaking, bars are preferred for folks stacking serious weight and do not concern themselves over collectability, instead focus on Silver as an investment purely for its metal content. That is not to say that some vintage bars do not trade for much higher premiums than what is typically found mint-direct or from the secondary market.

The term round annotates Silver that is minted to look like a coin but is not backed by any domestic or foreign Government. These are extremely cheap alternatives to Silver coins and the premium (or price over market spot price) is much lower per ounce. Here in the United States, we have a handful of privately-owned mints that produce rounds that come in a huge range of sizes and design. 

Often time, these privately-owned mints will borrow old designs from the U.S. Mint and their subsequent old coins that use to be in circulation. Some examples of this include the ‘Standing Liberty’ (U.S. Quarter), Mercury Dime (U.S. Dime) and the Incuse Indian Head (U.S. 2 ½ Dollar Gold Coin).

Silver Buffalos

Most produced Silver Round in the United States.

The 1 oz Silver Buffalo Round is another instance of this that copies the old Buffalo Nickel (U.S. Nickel) sometimes referred to as an Indian Head Nickel. The Buffalo Nickel was designed by a sculptor named James Earl Fraser and was produced as a 5-cent piece by the U.S. Mint from 1913-1938 and was comprised of 75% Copper and 25% Nickel.

Silver Buffs (a colloquial for Silver Buffalo Rounds) are hands down the most popular and heavily produced Silver round in the U.S. As stated above, these rounds are produced by privately owned mints in large numbers each year. These rounds are found in a wide variety of sizes including 1/10 oz, ¼ oz, ½ oz, 1 oz, 2 oz, and 5 oz. They are made from .999 fine Silver and are Replicas of the old Buffalo Nickel with the exception of a monetary value which is why these are not considered ‘counterfeit.’ For an added measure, some mints have actually minted the word ‘COPY’ across the round to ensure they avoid trouble from the Secret Service, who not only protects the President, but deals with and investigates crimes related to counterfeiting money. 

Silvertowne Silver Bullion

A customers 'Generic Silver Crate' going out with a unique 'stacker' version of the Buffalo Round by Silvertowne. Photo taken by Investor Crate staff in Texas circa 2018.

The design on the Silver Buffalo rounds will actually vary slightly with some mints choosing to deviate from the original design with different lettering, portrait sizes and each place their own unique ‘mintmark’ on the round to identify their rounds from a different mint. Some popular mints that produce these rounds include;

  • The Highland Mint (Annotated by the mint mark ‘HM’)
  • The Silvertowne Mint (Annotated by a small pickax mint mark)
  • Republic Metals Corporation (Annotated by the mint mark ‘RMC’)
  • Golden State Mint (Annotated by the mint mark ‘GSM’)
  • The Sunshine Mint (Annotated by the mint mark ‘SMI’)
  • Asahi Refinery (Annotated by the Asahi Logo)
  • Elemental (Annotated by the Elemental Logo)
  • Regency Mint (Annotated by the mint mark ‘RN’)
  • Monarch Precious Metals (Annotated by their ‘MPM’ crown logo)
  • Osborne Mint (Annotated by their ‘O over M’ or ‘OM’ mint mark)
  • Coins and Things (which does not us a mint mark)

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If you are looking to purchase Silver Rounds and build your stack each month check out the ‘Generic Silver Crate’ below. For Investor Crate Plus members, make sure to check out the Fire Sale page as these are in stock often. 

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Generic Silver Crate


The Generic Silver Crate

This product is recurring and ships on the 15th of each month.

If you are looking to pick up some low premium silver rounds and bars each month and stack some serious weight over time, this is probably the crate for you!

This crate contains mostly silver rounds with a rare chance for silver bars. Silver bars are added if there is a shortage of rounds for a particular month or if the "cool factor" for our months silver bars is off the charts and want everyone to keep a few.

The reason this crate rarely has silver bars in it, is because we have a silver bar only crate which you can check out here.

How it works

The word silver round is used when a piece of silver is minted but not backed by an official sovereign government. In other words, non-government entities who produce coins and are not authorized to do so by a government, those items are then called rounds. Silver rounds are a very popular form of silver investing because these products come with a much lower overall premium (markup) than the government minted counterparts.

Every month we place a large order of precious metal products from mints and suppliers around the world. A great deal of this order consists of generic bars and rounds produced by private mints from around the world as well as domestic mints right here in the United States. We then divide up these wholesale orders across our subscriber base getting our customers a lower overall premium and keeping a good flow of precious metal products to their door each month.

Each month on the 1st, billing is conducted. Orders are prepared and shipped on the 15th of each month.

Common Silver Rounds

  • 1 oz Silver Buffalo Round: Borrowing designs from the past is something that private mints do all the time and the infamous buffalo nickel design of 1913 is easily the most copied design for silver rounds ever. Essentially every private mint imaginable does a yearly run of Silver Buffalos and they are available in a variety of sizes such as 1/10 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/2 oz, 1 oz and more. 
  • 1 oz Asahi Silver Round: Most mints, refineries, banks and even recyclers produce their own branded rounds and bars, cost efficient and with craftsmanship that can be found from places like Asahi, it's a welcomed addition to any stack.  
  • 1 oz Sunshine Mint Silver Round: The Sunshine Mint or SMI is another example of a branded silver round, this time from a small silver mint out of Idaho that also produces blanks for the U.S. Mint and Department of Treasurey! 
  • Vintage 1 oz Silver Rounds: Other branded rounds show up such as the U.S. Assayer Office, Engelhard Prospectors, RMC and A-MARK and Johnson Matthey chunky bricks from famous companies that no longer deal in silver products or are out of business completely.   
  • 1 oz Morgan Silver Rounds: Another famous design, this one dating back to 1878, the U.S. Morgan design is one of the oldest and most famous designs for a silver coin and is still in use today. Mints are allowed to replicate these designs as long as no monetary denomination is minted onto the round. 
  • 1 oz Walking Liberty Silver Rounds: Available in 1/10 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/2 oz and 1 oz, the Walking Liberty Silver Rounds are yet another example of a famous U.S. coin (this one still in production today) that private mints borrow the design from. 

Common private mints who produce our rounds

  • Golden State Mint
  • Scottsdale Mint
  • Highland Mint
  • Monarch Precious Metals
  • Silvertowne Mint
  • Germania Mint

Silver fractionals

While most rounds in side of each of these crates weigh 1 troy ounce (31.10 grams) of .999+ percent silver, the use of fractional items (under 1 ounce) are used with great frequency. We use smaller variants of these coins to ensure that the closest dollar value that you paid is fulfilled and no remaining value is ever left over at the end of the month.

Add more rounds, coins or bars to your crate each month

Investor Crate Plus is a premium membership that allows you to add extra bullion to arrive with your crate. These items are listed up at cost on our Fire Sale page and the contents that are listed is our entire overstock inventory from the current months purchase order.

The membership fee is $100 annually (non-recurring) and the membership fee goes to add more inventory to ensure there is a large enough inventory to facilitate all plus members. If you'd like to learn more about some perks and benefits of our plus membership, check out this page. 

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  • David BirminghamJan 08, 2022

    These are nice

  • AnonymousJan 08, 2022

    Really excited about starting with these silver coins!

  • AnonymousDec 11, 2021

    Can’t go wrong with the low premiums on buffalos.

  • LeanneDec 11, 2021

    I can see why they are so popular they’re gorgeous. I didn’t know that the coins had a higher premium though .

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